WORLD AIDS DAY: 1 LAKH+ CHILDREN, TEENS WERE LIVING WITH HIV IN INDIA LAST YEAR
Dec. 3, 2018

This World AIDS Day, a report by UNICEF gives a reality check on how far the world is from fulfilling its pledge of ending AIDS by 2030. While commending the remarkable progress made in the past decade among children aged 0-9 years, it sheds light on the lack of efforts to prevent HIV among adolescents.

HIV-infected children in South Asia;

  • In India, in the year 2017, an estimated 120,000 children and adolescents of 0-19 age group were infected with HIV.
  • In Pakistan, the number was 5,800, followed by Nepal (1,600) and Bangladesh (less than 1,000).
  • In the year 2017, the estimated number of children below 5 years of age diagnosed with HIV was 43% less than the number of This decline was more than 35% recorded at the global level.
  • In year 2017, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) of HIV-infected children reached up to 73% for 14 It was 50% higher than the year 2010.
  • In the last 8 years the transition from mother to child has decreased by 40%.
  • 3 million people aged 19 and under the world are currently suffering from HIV in the present time. By 2030, two lakh new people can join it. By 2030, the target of reduction in the number of 14 million HIV infected children has been fixed in the world.